Driver ticketed for non-essential travel on Vancouver Island

Driver ticketed for non-essential travel on Vancouver Island
Police say the tickets were not given at a traffic road block

A driver from North Vancouver visiting Vancouver Island was ticketed for non-essential travel earlier this month, police say.

BC RCMP says a vehicle was stopped on southern Vancouver Island for more than one violation on May 1.

According to police, after a further conversation with the driver, their reason for travelling was determined to be non-essential.

They were issued a ticket under the Emergency Protection Act, along with additional tickets for driving offences.

The driver was directed to return to the Lower Mainland immediately, according to police.

Police say the driver was not pulled over at a road check.

“To my knowledge, no tickets have been issued at any of the COVID-19 travel-related road checks established on Highways 1, 3, 5, and 99,” said BC RCMP in a statement Wednesday.

Police outline that no further information is available as the incident is before the courts.

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